Welcome to 2o17

Greetings from Mexico,

Today I have officially been living in Mexico City for a little over a month which seems to feel like an eternity. I really enjoy living here and my Spanish is improving slowly but surely. It is very surprising how much you can still survive without knowing the language proficiently. Anyway, I have no idea where the next months will bring me but I will keep you updated. Much love. Xoxo.

-Alanna

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Adios…

Time has flown by I can’t believe it. Living in Mexico was one of the most difficult but best experiences I have ever had. I will be back as I have hopes of living here soon. For now I am just trying not to have a heart attack because I leave tonight. This is my first big travel and I will be alone for a few days. I’m trying to stay calm and go with the flow. 

Yesterday, my family had a fiesta for me and it was fabulous. I ate so much food it was dangerous haha seriously. Let me just say here in Mexico I eat a lot…and we had cake which was fabulous as always. We danced and ate a lot plus took many photos. 

On Thursday, we went to a museum. And ate ice cream which was okay. It was American so it tastes differently here. Other than that I haven’t done much. I play a lot of basketball with my cousin..just a few updates so talk later or as soon as possible! 

Hello Monday June 20th

My last Monday her in Mexico City can you believe it?! I had so many great times here as well and hard times. I really hope to return again by March. As I am expected to come for my primas quince. Which here is the 2nd biggest party in your life other than your wedding. On Sunday I am leaving to go to Europe insane! I have got so used to living here that things which I really noticed or bothered me, I notice no more. I am so used to speaking and hearing Spanish I think it will be weird to return to the American lifestyle. 

Yesterday, was amazing we went to cuidad Santa Fe, it’s a part of Mexico City. It pretty much looks like a mini California with huge sky scrapers and many rich people. We went to the mountains there and looked at this museum not sure what it was called. It looked amazing and the air was so fresh and clean. We also did a lot of hiking and I ate some bomb food. We then went to the mall located in Santa Fe which is about the 3rd largest in all Latin or South American countries. Here I went ice skating with my prima. I taught her how to ice skate which is awesome because she will always remember that experience. She did a great job really. You should have seen the others dropping like a bag of potatoes. Hahah I kind of felt bad for some because they were so bad at it. It was a interesting. 

We then finally returned home around 6pm. Then ate tacos and guacamole. Had some beers. Here is the only place  perfectly acceptable to get kind of tipsy and go play basketball. Lol. I went and played with my aunt, uncle, and prima. It was so much fun. Being yesterday was Father’s Day which I usually never celebrate, it was great to celebrate with my uncle who is a great figure to his children. While playing basketball I saw just how much my uncle and my cousin were smiling and you could see the pure happiness in their face. Sometimes those are the moments I wish I could have had. I am glad though I could be a part of their moment. I enjoy the happiness of the little things. 

I ate some American food here yesterday and it still was a let down ahah. Advice: never eat American food in other countries it tastes weird as f. Well talk soon! 

Send my love? 

Hello, hello! 

Let me just say me:0 tequila:1 haha. Yesterday, I went out with my cousin and let’s just say it was interesting. My soul hurts from the drastic amounts of beer and tequila I had. We were at a house party then at 2am went to a dance club. My skills dancing to salsa are about as good as a baby learning how to walk..rough. Reggaeton yeah that’s easy. I ended up  arriving home around 6am. I had fun and enjoyed my crazy antics haha. 

Yesterday, I also went to the zoo with my family. It was ok there the animals looked very poorly taken care off. But dang lets just say there is some handsome looking Mexicans haha. Just had to point that out. If you ever come to Mexico make sure to go to Chapultepec. It is amazing with many things to do. You’ll see the river clowns, vendors, paddle boats, and much more. Also I held that yesterday hahah!!!😱

Time 

Time where has it gone? 

So much has changed for me in the last year. I lost people and gained some people. My mistakes have taught me to know better. I am glad everything happened as I wouldn’t be who I am today. My stay here in Mexico is almost up, meeting my family for the first time, only speaking Spanish it was amazing. I will miss them but I will be back. My life will no longer be the same in two months. I am excited and scared for the future. But have high hopes for great travels and meeting new people. 

Shout out to my few best friends and family for being the real mvps! You will always be in my heart and be with me wherever I go. I am thankful for you all. So sappy I know. Haha. So cheers to lost pathways and new beginnings. 

Love, 

Alanna 


A photo in Veracruz

Explore

I love exploring and finding new things. Yesterday, I went downtown and went to barrio chino. This is pretty much Mexico City’s China town. It was pretty cool. Then in Zócalo the military was folding the giant flag and it was so windy some of the men fell over. Poor guys lol. A part I love about it here is that it looks like Europe in some places. The architecture is amazing. 

I also met another one of my aunts on Monday she is hilarious. I’m gonna be honest I have so much family I don’t even know their names. Yikes. I meet a new aunt,uncle, or cousin all the time. Sometimes my aunts or uncles are near the same age as me awkward. Also, I tried some Mexican tequila and dang it was strong. 

Tomorrow, we are heading to Huatulco. This trip is the last big trip as I am leaving next weekend. Which is sad I don’t wanna go. We will be at the beach for three days. And it will also be my primas birthday tomorrow. I am starting to get a grasp on Spanish but it’s still difficult. Today I tried learning the Mexican tradition song of happy birthday. It’s very different than the American traditional song. 

-Alanna

Hot Tamale 

I almost died today….

Okay not really. I felt like I was going to though. Today I climbed my first mountain in Tepoztlan, Mexico. It was one of the most difficult things I have done. But I was very proud when I got to the top because a part of me wanted to give up, but I didn’t. And you know it was all worth it. On top of the mountain you will find a pyramid which is pretty awesome. I proceeded to sit on top of the pyramid which over looks the whole city. 

I made the conclusion that people are so into their technology taking selfies and trying to take the perfect picture they don’t stop and really take in the true beauty. I believe a photo will never justify the true beauty of what you’re actually seeing in person. So, I sat there looking at the small city below and thought how beautiful this is and how blessed I am. I felt at peace and really happy I couldn’t help but smile. This experience here and in Mexico is something I will never forget. 

Alanna❤️

Enchanted 

Hello lovely people! 

What have I been up to? Other than eating a lot of tacos, frijoles, carne asada, eggs, pastel, and surprisingly eat a large amount of cereal, not much. On Friday we went to Coyoacán and went running. Today, we went to some lovely canals in the town I’m not even going to say; otherwise I’ll butcher it. Here you ride down the canal in a very colorful boat. Families, couples, and young people getting plastered. Mariachis and vendors also pass by. What I was really thinking is how those drunk people get off of the boat? You have to walk across multiple boats to get off. I would probably fall in but hey maybe they are more skilled who knows. Hahah. Here in this town it was so packed! And a large amount of garbage. I did really enjoy the boat ride it was very relaxing. 

Tomorrow we are going hiking to see another pyramid. And I should probably sleep but who does that? One thing some men here in Mexico are very handsome. The issue is many are very short. Ohh I forgot the other day I tried a taco with cow tongue, you know wasn’t my favorite. Well good night! 

Let’s Salsa?

Today started out normally. I awoke to Spanish music and said buenos días to my grandmother. Fast forward to about 3 pm. We go to a part of Mexico City called Coyoacán a stunningly beautiful place. Rich history and easy going people. The smell of fresh baked bread and pastries. 

After this we went to my aunts sisters house. She told me my husband speaks English and thought instaneously awesome! His English was very good and he could understand me clearly. He told me here the culture is very different than in America I told him yes there is many large differences. He told me one day I need to come back to Mexico and go backpacking. To see the rich culture and different beauty’s of Mexico. I told him about the hardships I had in the beginning getting used to this new culture and he understood my difficulties. He invited me to go to a baila on Friday or next Friday. Mentioning to be prepared as you will be up all night. 

He told me how quinces here are very popular parties and there can be up to 1,000 people in the street where the party is being hosted, which is usually directly outside the house. I enjoy the people here as they are much more welcoming. You could be a complete stranger yet they will make you feel very comfortable. Lol also today I met some Americans and one asked me so do you know some Mexican? I laughed I told her you mean Spanish? She said ohh yeah…sometimes Americans are too much haha. Well I’ll try to post pictures tomorrow. Much love! 

Alanna